“Comb weaves together vignette, fragment, poetry, and lyric essay to create a unique and visceral memoir of growing up in Peshawar…”
— Julia Bouwsma, author of Midden and Work by Bloodlight
“…acutely tender and immersive. Zeest Hashmi’s painterly descriptions of landscapes, cities, family members, and literary characters, limn time’s immutability and create a multistoried memoir of extraordinary depth and beauty…”
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“I thoroughly enjoyed Comb. Shadab Zeest Hashmi is a magnificent writer.”
— Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Ice-Candy Man
"Comb is the story of a girl “under the spell of history,” growing up in the shadow of the legendary Khyber Pass which is both a bridge between disparate civilizations and an impassable divide. Shadab Zeest Hashmi reveals the tangles of empire and language, history and myth, exile and belonging — from the lens of childhood, integrating memory with the history of one of the most significant geopolitical and cultural thresholds of the world. This is a book that honors thresholds in a time of closed doors, written with a poet’s conviction in the regency of love.
…it is in fact a stunning book of motherhood, a story Zeest Hashmi tells to her children about our world, our ravaged, beautiful, helpless, inspiring world.”
— Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa